Hunslet: Second-half slump syndrome suffered once again by Hawks

Hunslet try scorer Liam Mackay.
Hunslet try scorer Liam Mackay.
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Another second-half capitulation saw Hunslet Hawks crash to a devastating 28-12 defeat at Whitehaven which sees them dragged into the relegation battle at the foot of the Kingstone Press Championship.

The Hawks threw away a hard-fought 12-0 half-time lead through a combination of slack defence and poor handling.

In fact the margin of defeat could have been much greater had Whitehaven been able to hold onto the ball themselves as they bombed at least three glorious try-scoring opportunities through mishandled passes.

It would have been difficult to believe that the afternoon would turn out so disappointingly when the two sides left the field at half-time with Hunslet leading through tries from Liam Mackay and Richie Barnett.

But a try in the opening minute of the second half by Dave Allen opened the floodgates as the home side ran in 28 unanswered points to clinch a crucial victory.

Hunslet were their own worst enemy as an ambitious pass by Jimmy Watson went to ground and was picked up and returned 80 metres for a try by Greg Wild to level the scores.

Then Barnett spilled the ball inside his own 20-metre line to set up the go-ahead score from Dion Aiye which was added to a minute later by Richard Beaumont.

Both were converted by Louis Jouffret.

A fifth try six minutes from time by Jordan Sigismeau sealed the game for Whitehaven and moved them level on points with the Hawks in the Championship table.

Whitehaven: Jouffret, Sigismeau, Wilde, Parker, Calvert, Aiye, Gore, T Chapelhow, Coyle, Beaumont, McAvoy, Allen, Brooks. Subs: Fox, Newton, J Chapelhow, Davies.

Hunslet: Watson, Barnett, Maun, Briscoe, Finigan, Kain, Ansell, Brennan, Lee, Houston, Casey, Backhouse, Mackay. Subs: Lyons, Mvududu, Martin, Trout.

Referee: Andy Sweet.

Attendance: 900.